After Sunday’s long run, I decided to take Monday off. Which turned out to be a good thing, my running partner canceled and I stayed late at work. Why are Mondays always so crazy? Tuesday was a little calmer and the weather was supposed to be good, so I took the scenic route home and ran from there.
I parked my car and set out with no real plan. I did remember to take water this time, woo hoo! After a little warm-up, I figured what the heck, let’s try for a tempo run. Now I realize that I am no expert and may never be super-fast, but I consider a tempo run to be comfortably hard. For me that would be a little slower than half marathon pace. Which is definitely faster than my easy runs or just average runs. Plus, when running a half marathon, you have that added adrenaline boost which helps with your pace. It’s a RACE after all!
After a short warm up, I ran for 5 miles. Nice way to start the week. I followed that lovely run up with yummy tacos at taco Tuesday 🙂 Maybe counterproductive but so tasty.
This morning I had a meeting to drive to. As I was driving down the freeway, I was checking out the half marathon route that I will be running in just over 7 weeks. I have run it before but it was a good refresher. I noticed that the first hill looks more like a gentle slope before it gets to the real hills. Can’t wait! On the downside, the meeting was held in a hotel conference room. It was sad walking across the parking lot seeing all the people in swim suits and shorts heading to the beach or pool. And me? I was in an uncomfortable pencil skirt and heels 😦 Not cool.
After the meeting I headed back to work to finish out the day. I headed to the park afterwards to get in a few miles. Today’s run was all about speed. I did 3 laps of the lake and I pushed; hard. I ended up shaving 3 seconds off of my most recent 5k PR. Not that I count it, I only count race PR’s. I figure that’s been measured by someone else and I don’t have to rely on my possibly glitchy GPS app. But still, I was excited!!! Maybe I felt like I had to live up to my shirt-
Fast or Last? Because middle of the pack shirts just don’t seem to work as motivation starters!
I have a class tomorrow and Friday is my long day, so now for 2 days off. I have a race to look forward to on Saturday morning. I am excited, this race is supposed to be part hard pack sand, part road, part boardwalk and part soft sand. All that in just 3.1 miles? I have some friends running it as well, so it should be fun!!
Anyone have any big plans for the weekend?